Former Idyllwild resident Lela Louise Bentley, 94, of Portland, Ore., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in that city.

She was born April 17, 1912 and lived in Idyllwild for 12 years. She moved to Portland in 1989.

Mrs. Bentley graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University and was an elementary school teacher and librarian in Kentucky.

She was an active member of the Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church and secretary of the Idyllwild 39ers.

Inurnment will be in Salina, Kan. American Burial and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.

She is survived by three sons, Brooke B. Bentley, Nicolas V. Bentley and Kimberly W. Bentley; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, or visit to make a donation online.